February 24, 2017

TENET, hailed as “adventurous and expressive” by The New York Times, embarks on one of the most ambitious undertakings of its 2016-17 season when it collaborates with early music ensemble the Sebastians for a Lenten presentation of J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion. Performed without a conductor and directed from the chamber organ by the Sebastians’ music director Jeffrey Grossman, the concerts will take place on March 23 and 25, 2017 at the German Lutheran Church of St. Paul in Chelsea with a further performance on March 26, 2017 at St. Barnabas Church in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Artistic Director Jolle Greenleaf remarks, “I am truly looking forward to sharing the experience of performing Bach’s St. John Passion with our audiences! Perhaps our biggest project of the season, these conductor-less performances will emphasize and enhance the connection between the individual performers as well as a sense of intimacy with our audience members in a sacred space befitting the work.”

Taking the role of the Evangelist is Grammy Award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan, with Mischa Bouvier as Jesus and Sumner Thompson as Pilate.

TENET’s performances of the St. John Passion come in the midst of a banner season for the preëminent early music ensemble which includes a three-part series of music devoted to Guillaume Machuat and the 14th century, a holiday performance of the ensemble’s renowned Green Mountain Project presenting Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and two performances at Carnegie Hall for the venue’s early music festival La Serenissima: Music and Arts from The Venetian Republic: Vivaldi’s oratorio Juditha triumphans with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in Stern Auditorium, and, in Weill Recital Hall, The Secret Lover, a celebration of music by, for, and about women that pays tribute to the 17th century Concerto delle donne, the ensemble of extraordinarily gifted professional female singers who were renowned for their performances in the courts of the late Italian Renaissance.

TENET’s next performance after the St. John Passion is a return to Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue on April 11, 2017 to perform Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories.

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For further information, image or interview requests please contact Melanne Mueller, MusicCo International, 917 907 2785, melanne@musiccointernational.com

For further information about TENET, please visit http://www.tenet.nyc/

J. S. Bach St. John Passion
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 7:00 pm

German Lutheran Church of St. Paul
315 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 4:15 pm
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
954 Lake Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06831

Jolle Greenleaf artistic director
Jeffrey Grossman music director

Aaron Sheehan tenor – Evangelist
Mischa Bouvier bass – Jesus
Sumner Thompson bass – Pilate
Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn soprano soloists
Luthien Brackett and Reginald Mobley alto soloists
Owen McIntosh and Jason McStoots tenor soloists
Anna Lenti, Tim Keller, Donald Meineke and Andrew Padgett ripieno chorus

the Sebastians
Daniel Lee, Chloe Fedor, Francis Liu, Nicholas DiEugenio, Beth Wenstrom and Edson Scheid violins
Jessica Troy and Kyle Miller violas
Ezra Seltzer cello
Shirley Hunt viola da gamba
Nathaniel Chase violone
Priscilla Herreid and Meg Owens oboes
David Ross and Immanuel Davis traverso
Nate Helgeson bassoon
Jeffrey Grossman chamber organ

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